It’s that time of the year again, time to buy presents, lots, and lots of presents and then make then look all nice and pretty so that they can sit under your tree until they make someone else other than yourself happy. I love this time of year, I love the way it makes me feel, I love decorating our house and tree, I love buying presents (obviously) and I love getting my old D.I.Y. Festive Season wrapping skills out.
Just recently we moved Nina James out of her first ever bedroom into one of the bigger rooms in our flat so that she could have a bunk bed and more space to play and run around. Her old bedroom has been sitting empty or let me rephrase that, has been used as a place for us to store all the stuff that gets in the way for over a month now. A real refresh of that space was needed and so I tried to think of clever and cost effective ways to turn it from a glorified storeroom into a cool, clean guest bedroom that hopefully our guests would be happy to sleep in.
This year is the first time in over 10 years that I’m going to have a Christmas tree in the house. Since moving out of my parent’s home it’s been ages since I’ve decorated for the festive season, so I’m really amped to be filling our house with a tree and all sorts of pretty cheerful things…there is just something about this time of year that makes me extra happy and I’m so excited to start some new family traditions with Nina James and Shane.
I love Christmas wreaths, they’re all over Pinterest and every time I see one I wish it was hanging in my house. So in this post I’m going to make a Lindt chocolate wreath from scratch, which I’m going to document so that you can make your own, if you’d like. Now you may be asking why it’s a Lindt wreath, well that’s because I have a delicious GIANT Lindt Christmas hamper full of all sorts of things made from chocolatey goodness, valued at over R1200 to giveaway and all you have to do to enter is guess how many Lindt balls I used to make my wreath.
This giveaway ends at midnight TONIGHT, so check out my post below and leave your answer here or on any of my platforms (which I have listed below with links), just make sure you use the hashtag and tags below so I can keep track. Good luck.
Now that we have a little one on her way, Shane and I needed to transform our study into the babies room and our spare room into the study, but we still wanted to have the option of using the study as a guest bedroom. So I went looking for some reference on how we could do exactly that in a compact and clever way.
My very clever husband then had a look at all the reference I gave him, adapted one of the ideas and then drew up the plans for our DIY Guest room/study. He then set out to build it by himself, which I was a bit apprehensive about, but now that it’s complete and flipping awesome, I will never ever question his ability to wield a hammer and saw again.
Shane and I wanted to add something to the new house that was super personal and that we would never change (unlike furniture, decor etc). So when we had our wooden floors redone we took one of the parquet pieces and got the printer downstairs to laser cut our names into it before it was sanded and sealed.
Turned out so well and we’ve placed it right by the one balcony door so we can see it everyday. I love my Shane.
Here is what you would need to make them: Coffee filters, Scissors, Sewing machine, Loose tea leaves, Stapler, Embroidery thread, Paper for tags (construction paper, old book pages, etc.), Optional: Spices (pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ground ginger, etc.)